Sharita Serrao is currently working as Statistician at the Population and Social Statistics Section of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She has 18 years of experience in international development, having started her career with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, now UN Women) before joining the ESCAP Statistics Division. At ESCAP, she has been leading the work programme on gender data and statistics. In addition, she has worked on statistical development and capacity building covering several domains of social statistics, including disability, informal sector, and migration statistics as well as civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). Sharita has undertaken initiatives to strengthen national statistical systems as well as on developing e-learning on using gender data for analysis, communications, and policy making. Sharita holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Mathematics and Political Science, and is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy degree in Gender and Development Studies. Outside of work she loves travelling to destinations offering a cultural experience, window shopping for antiques, taking long walks and practicing yoga.